Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future for the Midlands Engine - investment, infrastructure and economic growth

Morning, Thursday, 29th November 2018

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP


This seminar will assess the future for the Midlands Engine, bringing together policymakers with key stakeholders from across the region.

Delegates will discuss the progress of the second devolution deal between the Government and the West Midlands Combined Authority and the future for governance in the region.

The agenda also looks at priorities for investment in the context of the £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund, and support committed by the Government for a Midlands housing delivery taskforce, a construction skills training scheme and an allocation from the Transforming Cities fund to be spent on local intra-city transport priorities.

In the context of record numbers of foreign direct investment projects in the past decade - and Government calls for West Midlands businesses to embrace export opportunities, further sessions will discuss the opportunities for attracting wider investment and fostering trade, as well as encouraging innovation, digital connectivity and 5G, university collaboration, and supporting the region’s manufacturing sector to underpin the Engine’s success.

Keynote Speakers

Anthony Everitt

Programme Manager, Midlands Engine

Tim Pile

Chair, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Paul Harris

Director of Economic Development, Rolls-Royce

Grant Peggie

Director, European Funding, British Business Bank


Maggie Throup MP

Member of Parliament for Erewash and Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the East Midlands

Richard Burden MP

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield


Neil Rawlinson

Strategic Development Director, Manufacturing Technology Centre

Alison Munro

Chair, National College for High Speed Rail

Dr James Wilkie

Director of Enterprise and Innovation, University of Birmingham

Greg McClymont

Cities and Urban Transport Lead, National Infrastructure Commission

Andrew Pritchard

Senior Policy Advisor, Midlands Connect

Mark Stansfeld

Chair, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership; Chair, giffgaff and 5G Lead, Midlands Engine

Christine Ashton

Executive Director, Housing, emh group